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Archive for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Statehouse Live: Panel delays decision on hospitals

September 29, 2009, 12:33 p.m. Updated September 29, 2009, 12:33 p.m.

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— A state commission today made no decision on whether to recommend closing the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka and Parsons State Hospital.

Some advocates for people with developmental disabilities urged the closing of KNI and Parsons, saying the clients could be better served in smaller, community-based settings. They also argued that would cost the state less and therefore make available more funding for those with disabilities.

But numerous family members of people who are served by the institutions pleaded with officials to keep the facilities going, saying their loved ones received much-needed, quality care that they feared couldn’t be duplicated outside the facilities.

The Facilities and Realignment Commission will meet again to discuss the matter on Oct. 26. The commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to Gov. Mark Parkinson and the Legislature before the 2010 session that starts in January.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 2 months ago

It would be absolutely catostrophic to close these places. Everybody there needs intensive supervisioin 24/7. None of them can take care of themselves.

ralphralph 5 years, 2 months ago

I agree. These institutions serve those in our society who are most in need. The residents are people who cannot even provide for their own basic safety. Many have no sense of fear or appreciation of danger whatsoever. Think of a one-year-old child, and you have the mental age of many residents.
We spend alot of money helping people who COULD help themselves, but WILL not; these are people who CANNOT. The proponents of closing Parsons and KNI must either have a grave misconception of the needs of those served, or must have a financial or political stake in the community-based programs. Either way, for the residents I know about well, the State institutions are the least restrictive environment that will keep them safe.

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